the BMW E36 3 Series models, there are circumstances in which you will need
to remove the front bumper. For instance, to remove factory fog lights or
install a lip spoiler. That in mind, this tech article covers the steps
involved in removing the front bumper.
jack the front of the car up. This will help in accessing the lower bumper
mounting screws. Be sure to chock the rear wheels and place the car on
suitable jack stands. If you are not familiar with jacking up the front of
the car, check out Wayneís article on the subject.
the car securely on jack stands, the next step is to very gently pry off the
tow eye cover on the passenger side, on the front bumper. At the same time,
gently pry off the driverís side trim strip as well. Directly under these
trim strips, you will find the bumper mounting brackets. The bumper is held
to them by two nuts in each bracket. Remove the two nuts in each side and
place the nuts somewhere where they wont get lost.
crawl under the front of the car and remove the screws from the left and
right side corner trim and remove the trim pieces. Now turn the steering
wheel all the way to the left, and look in the passenger side wheel well. In
the very front, you will notice two screws connecting the front bumper to
the inner wheel well arches. Remove these two screws. Now, turn the steering
wheel all the way to the right and look in the driverís side wheel well.
Remove the two screws on this side as well.
look up under the bumper and disconnect the electrical connections to the
fog lights. Just pull back on the clip and pull them off. Move the plugs out
of the way. Disconnect the electrical connector for the outside air
temperature sensor on the rear of the left side of the bumper. Now
disconnect the harness connector for the temperature switch at the rear of
the right side of the bumper, (if applicable, some cars donít have these
parts, if you donít have them on your car, just skip this step.)
should be able to now simply slide the front bumper off the mounting
brackets. You may want to have a friend help you do this, as the bumper is a
large piece and can be awkward to move by yourself. Plus you donít want to
take the chance of dropping the bumper and damaging it.
Ėreinstall the bumper, make sure that the mounting brackets line up
correctly and follow the removal instructions in reverse, making sure that
everything lines up correctly.
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